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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Gale Scott
Citing a “public health epidemic” of death and addiction related to use of prescription opioids, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) calls for a multi-pronged approach to curbing prescriptions. But the group stresses that finding ways to help patients in chronic pain is worthwhile and difficult.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Adam Hochron
A patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the deadly virus.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Kevin Skole, MD is a board-certified gastroenterologist practicing in central New Jersey, part of the gastroenterology division of Princeton Healthcare Affiliated Physicians, a multi-specialty medical practice based out of the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (see www.princetonhcs.org). He discusses the increased incidence, risk factors, and prevention of Clostridium Difficile (C. diff) infection.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Simon Douglas Murray, MD
There is a wide variety of evidence to support benefits of low-fat diets versus low carbohydrate diets and vice versa. As of today, no one can tell us with certainty whether the well-worn dictum "calories in calories out" is really true. The National Weight Control Registry data give us some confidence in recommending that to lose weight most people need to alter their diet to reduce calories, and need to exercise on a near-daily basis.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Rachel Lutz
Cannabis users who acknowledge their problem and report withdrawal symptoms are likely to increase abstinence over a 12-month period, according to research published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
High doses of fish oil supplements won't prevent recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF), Canadian researchers report. The study, funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec, was published in the Oct. 7 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. The statement was published online Sept. 29 in Circulation.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, according to research published online Sept. 29 in JAMA Pediatrics.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Patients are receiving medical implants that may not have been rigorously tested before or after their approval by the US Food and Drug Administration, two new studies contend. The findings were published online Sept. 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
For critically ill patients in intensive care units with vitamin D deficiency, vitamin D3 treatment has minimal health benefit, according to a study published online Sept. 30 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study was published to coincide with the annual meeting of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, held from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 in Barcelona, Spain.
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Physician's Money Digest
Pension money is not necessarily smart. Far from it. But the flows of money controlled by retirement funds are so huge that it behoves everyone else to take notice. And that implies that, for the foreseeable future, all investors should be paying attention to asset classes like real estate and infrastructure.
Ready or not, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is releasing its Open Payments database of physicians’ financial interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies.